Job Fair Draws a Crowd of Mechanics
Posted at: 10/30/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 11/20/2012 4:14 PM
By: Travis Dill
After years of sitting empty the old Northwest Airlines repair hanger is finally seeing some activity again.
Job seekers filled the hanger near the Duluth airport to check out more open positions during an AAR job fair on Tuesday.
Greg Dellinger, Director of Recruiting for AAR, was looking to hire for several positions.
“I want to hire as many qualified mechanics as I possibly can. Figure to do one line of maintenance you're going to need 60 to 70 individuals,” Dellinger said.
He said that AAR is also looking for certified inspectors, sheet metal workers and avionics professionals. And the company hopes to keep hiring into the future.
“Most of my hiring is perpetual. It just doesn't stop. Our senior leaders are not going to take their hands off the thruster. It is go time right now,” Dellinger said.
This is the second job fair that AAR has hosted since August. The aviation support company is already moved into the repair hanger and will do intensive maintenance work to keep planes flying safely.
Dellinger said the company will start slowly with only enough employees to work on a single plane, but he said there is room to expand.
“This repair station was designed for 4 lines of maintenance...4 jet airplanes to be worked on here simultaneously. So there's opportunity for some serious lift,” Dellinger said.
Dellinger doesn't know when the first plane will enter the hanger, but the company does have FAA approval. So work can start as soon as they're ready.
In August AAR said they hope to employ 200 people in Duluth. The company is also accepting resumes online if you missed the job fair on Tuesday.